from David Braben has further follow-up on outcry about
Frontier's refund policy
that Elite: Dangerous
will not support offline play (thanks
). Word is they are reconsidering refunds for cases where the
customer has already played a an alpha or beta version of the crowdfunded space
I want to keep you all updated.
We initially declined some people's request for refund as our records showed
they have already played Elite: Dangerous online. After listening to many of the
comments I received after my AMA here, we have since re-opened these requests
and informed those people that we will be contacting them so that we can fully
understand their individual situation before making a more informed decision.
We will be contacting them each in the next few working days.
article on Kotaku
says "I Spent $100 In Assassin's Creed Unity So You
Wouldn't Have To," with some details on how microtransactions work in
Assassin's Creed Unity
, the just-released stealth/action sequel (thanks
nin). The author discusses what went right and wrong along the way, and the
worst of what went wrong would seem to be that they are offering a $100.00 tier
that's more than half wasted money:
As a player who purchased the $100
option, nothing made me feel more disrespected than finishing the game with $56
of Helix credits and nothing to buy. The only options left were gear I hadn't
unlocked (and had no need for) or else buy 74 premium boosts that I did not need
thanks to my high powered gear. I'm not usually a season pass person, but I have
more than enough Helix to cover the $30 price tag if only the game would let me.
Alienware announces the Alpha
, calling this "the World’s First PC Gaming
Console." This runs their proprietary "Alpha UI" to combine with the included
Xbox 360 Wireless Controller to provide mouse- and keyboard-free navigation, and
will be able to run Windows 8.1 or Steam Big Picture mode for a living room
gaming experience, which they say quot;truly combines the ease of a console with the
freedom of a PC." Here's more on what this includes, which they say ushers in "a
new era in gaming":
For a limited time, fans who order the Alienware Alpha
will receive their consoles packed with free bonus content including the
complete versions of Anomaly: Warzone Earth, Awesomenauts, Magicka, Metro: Last
Light, PAYDAY 2 and Strike Suit Zero. Alienware Alpha will also include an
exclusive Gauntlet in-game item, the Magicka: Dungeons and Daemons DLC, as well
as Alienware exclusive demos of Defense Grid 2 and Super Splatters. Get gaming
on day one with new and exciting bundled content, along with all of the existing
titles gamers already have filling up their Steam libraries.
Steam News announces
pre-purchases are now underway for
those who but the racing game in advance will get a few special cars:
Pre-purchase Project CARS today and get 3 amazing limited-run custom
machines waiting for you in your garage and ready to use in all game modes!*
Project CARS is the ultimate driver journey!
Guided, tested, and approved by a passionate community of racing fans and
real-life drivers, Project CARS represents the next-generation of racing
simulation as the ultimate combination of fan desire and developer expertise.
Discover an unrivaled immersion fuelled by world-class graphics and handling
that allows you to truly feel the road. Create a driver, pick from a huge
variety of motorsports in a dynamic career mode and write your own tale in an
intense online multiplayer.
*Offer ends at March 17th 2015
special events getting underway today to celebrate this weekend's 10th
anniversary of World of Warcraft
, Blizzard's MMORPG which
launched on November 23, 2004
word on what to expect, with last night's references to "tomorrow" now
This weekend marks World of Warcraft’s 10th
anniversary, and we’d like to thank you for exploring Azeroth with us for all
these years. To help celebrate, tomorrow we’re unleashing some great
anniversary-themed in-game content for you to enjoy, whether you’re taking a
stroll down memory lane or experiencing some of WoW’s defining conflicts for the
very first time.
To make sure everyone has plenty of opportunity to take part in the
celebration—while still being able to enjoy everything Warlords of Draenor has
to offer—all of the anniversary content launching tomorrow will be available
until the beginning of 2015. Check out the details below—we’ll see you there!
When: Friday, November 21–Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 10 a.m. PST
A Fiery New Friend
Everyone who logs in during the anniversary period will receive a feisty, fiery
new Molten Corgi to love, pet, and call their own. Cuddle at your own risk.
Maximum Molten Core
One of WoW’s classic 40-player raids, Molten Core, will be available in Raid
Finder for level 100 players (average item level 615 required). Making it
through the underground gauntlet and defeating Ragnaros will reward players with
a Core Hound mount and a Warlords of Draenor Raid Finder–quality helm—100%
guaranteed! For a walkthrough of the non–Raid Finder version of the dungeon,
check out our earlier Revisiting Heroism’s Past – Molten Core guide.
Southshore vs. Tarren Mill—The Battle Continues
To recapture the feeling of the endless tug-of-war of early WoW PvP, we’re
opening a special Team Deathmatch–style Battleground based on the timeless
struggle between Southshore and Tarren Mill. We’ll have two different brackets
for players to take part in: one for level 90–99 characters and another for
level 100. Unlike the old days of Tarren Mill vs. Southshore, this Battleground
has a clearly defined victor, so you’ll need to work as a team or face crushing
defeat. A win will gain you a shiny new title: either Tarren Mill Terror for the
Alliance or Southshore Slayer for the Horde.
Privateer Press Interactive announced the full release of WARMACHINE: Tactics
for Windows and
OS X, following an early access period for this turn-based tactical combat game.
"It seems like just yesterday that we were celebrating an overwhelmingly
successful Kickstarter campaign for WARMACHINE: Tactics," said WARMACHINE
creator and Privateer Press founder Matt Wilson. "I am humbled and thankful that
today we can celebrate bringing the WARMACHINE world to life on PCs and Macs,
for all the WARMACHINE miniatures gamers who played out the action of the
tabletop in their imaginations, and for all the video gamers who will experience
the WARMACHINE world for the first time." Here's the news:
Press Interactive announced that WARMACHINE: Tactics is moving out of Early
Access, and the full version is now available on Steam for $39.99. As part of
this full version release, WARMACHINE: Tactics now includes a full 20-mission
single player campaign in addition to its robust skirmish and multiplayer modes.
Based on the award-winning WARMACHINE tabletop miniatures game, WARMACHINE:
Tactics is a turn-based, squad-level strategy game for PC and Mac developed in
cooperation with WhiteMoon Dreams and published by Privateer Press Interactive.
The game has been enthusiastically received by Early Access players and critics,
with Nerd Reactor calling it “a blast” and the Dread Gazebo calling it “sheer
joy.” WARMACHINE: Tactics funded through Kickstarter, entered Early Access on
Steam 10 months from the close of the campaign, and reached full version release
after just 15 months.
Assassin's Creed blog
has details on an issue Ubisoft has identified in
Assassin's Creed Unity
that causes the game to crash when pressing the
"continue" button in the stealth/action sequel, which does not seem like such an
obscure action that it should have escaped notice during testing. While they
don't yet have a fix, they offer a temporary workaround, saying deleting your
game contacts should prevent the problem from occurring. Here are the
We have discovered one of the issues that may cause the game to
crash at the main menu after pressing the CONTINUE button. This issue affects
The team is working hard on a fix for those players that have been affected by
this. However, for players who haven’t experienced this issue, we highly
recommend you take the following steps to prevent a crash:
- Do not add any IN-GAME RECENT PLAYER as a GAME
- If you already have GAME CONTACTS, perform the
following to remove them:
My Brotherhood > My Contacts > Game Contacts (using RB/R1) > Focus on a
Contact (LS) > More Actions (Y/Triangle) > Remove from contacts.
If you are still experiencing a crash at the main menu even after the above
steps, then please file a ticket at
The Game Creators announce the release of App Game Kit 2
for Windows and
OS X on Steam
what they call an "Easy +" tool for "Instant Game Development." This is actually
not quite out, as the page says it will unlock in approximately four hours.
The Game Creators today released App Game Kit (AGK) version 2
on STEAM, which means that the easy to use, instant coding tool for beginners,
hobbyists and indies alike is now available on the largest digital store in the
Now anyone can easily and quickly code and build apps for cross platforms using
AGKs BASIC scripting system. With just a few commands users can have demos or
games up and running on mobile devices. AGK also caters for more seasoned
developers, allowing them to use the AGK C++ libraries and benefit from all the
features of AGKs core game engine.
AGK is available for both Windows and Mac platforms and apps can be deployed
cross platform including iOS, Android, Windows, Blackberry and Mac - all at the
very affordable price of just $99.
Happy birthday to me, as it was some insane number of years ago on this date
that I entered the world as a bundle of joy, only to continue spreading joy ever
since. I kid of course, but I am indeed feeling joyful myself this year, in
contrast to last year when the occasion involved a couple of heartbreaking
deaths in the family. I may wrap things up early today to begin celebrating, so
thanks in advance for your indulgence.
There's been talk over the years about an ad-free version of this site, and the
Contributor by Google
program may be a way to easily accomplish this, so I
have applied. It may be that this just replaces Google AdSense
ads, so we'll have to see how this works if we are accepted, but this has